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By Marylin Kilsby
The other day, I was admiring some pieces of pine furniture. They were plain but very well made, with the drawers fitting perfectly and sliding into place with ease. This led me to thinking about the skills needed to produce such beautiful pieces and to the fact that Jesus was a carpenter. For how many years did Jesus follow this trade? He was probably apprenticed to Joseph from a young age and worked as a carpenter until He was called by His Father into His ministry when he was thirty.
Jesus’ ministry was itinerant and He didn’t visit his home town of Nazareth until some time after He was baptised. By this time, He had healed many people, raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, preached to at least one large crowd, called His disciples, had a conversation with the Pharisees which demonstrated His wisdom, delivered people from unclean spirits and told many parables. However, in Nazareth, shockingly, Jesus was rejected:
He … came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offence at him.
Why was Jesus rejected? Because the people of Nazareth who had seen Him grow up and who knew His background could not accept that this carpenter, a person who followed a simple trade, could also be the Son of God and do all these “mighty works”. Jesus’ hands had made useful things from wood, not carried out mighty works!! The people of Nazareth judged Him by what they knew of Him, not by who He actually How hurtful must this have been for Jesus, to be rejected by those He had grown up with. He may well have made something for them in His workshop. He, as God, is Creator, so one can be sure that all His work was of the highest quality and made with love and dedication.
Do people judge you by how they perceive you are? You may be known as deaf, or old, or unskilled, or whatever. However, you are accepted by God. He will equip you and use you in We are starting to approach Easter, where Jesus experienced the biggest rejection anyone has ever faced. Because of all that happened at Easter, you can know freedom from rejection and be able to walk in confidence as a child of God.
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